VOA慢速英语(翻译+字幕+讲解):埃塞俄比亚移民在美国的发家史
日期:2017-10-02 20:39

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Tashitaa Tufaa grew up in the Oromia region of Ethiopia. He worked on his family's farm with his 13 brothers and sisters, until he left to become a school teacher.
In time, Tufaa became involved in politics. He helped campaign for a political party that opposed the majority Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front. Soon, Tufaa felt he was not safe and decided to leave.
He entered the United States in 1992 as a refugee.
Tufaa settled in Minneapolis, a large city in the northern state of Minnesota. There, he began working as a dishwasher. He also worked at manufacturing companies and as a security guard. Sometimes he had two or three jobs at the same time.
But he did not earn enough money at these jobs to support his wife and five children. So he began working evenings and weekends driving older people and people with disabilities to and from work.
He says he fell in love with transportation.
In 2003, he and his brother decided to open their own transportation company. He began with his wife's van.
Soon, schools began using their service. School officials told other schools about the excellent service Tufaa was providing. The company grew.
Metropolitan Transportation Network now has almost 300 buses and vans that take children to schools across the state. Each day, Tufaa's company transports more than 15,000 children to schools and other places in Minneapolis, as well as to other cities.
More than 300 people now work at the company. It recently moved to a new, larger operations center.
Tufaa says he has always worked to keep students safe.
Minnesota has long, snowy winters. Many buses bring children to their homes and drive away. But Tufaa pays his drivers to wait until the students are inside their homes or are met by an adult.
He also works to help others in the Oromo community. The Minnesota Historical Society estimates 40,000 Oromos live in Minnesota.
Tufaa helps his employees who want to start their own business. Since 2012, three former employees have started their own successful transportation companies.
Tufaa says, The greatest gift I think you can give people like you is that it can be done and I feel like I've done that.
He says his success is a lesson for all African immigrants working to become successful in the United States.
When a person is free, you can do anything, he said. So appreciate what you have, work so very hard, and get rid of the wrong pride we have back home that if you have a college degree you have to be in a professional line of work, and you can't dig the potatoes or do the dishes. Work is work, and go out there and do what is available. Be proud of it.
Tufaa believes his experience shows that, for those willing to work hard, anything is possible.
He told VOA, I do not believe in giving up.
I'm Jonathan Evans.

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词汇解析

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1.appreciate vt.领会,感激,欣赏

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Anyone can appreciate our music.
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2.region n.地区

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...Barcelona, capital of the autonomous region of Catalonia.
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3.degree n.学位

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...an engineering degree.
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4.adult n.成年人

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Becoming a father signified that he was now an adult.
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内容解析

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1.Tashitaa Tufaa grew up in the Oromia region of Ethiopia.

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grow up 长大,成长

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She grew up in Tokyo.
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A variety of heavy industries grew up alongside the port.
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2.Soon, Tufaa felt he was not safe and decided to leave.

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decide to do sth 决定做某事

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It all depends on what you decide to believe.
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Decide to speak your life into existence, if you do, your life will never, ever, ever be the same.
决定将你的生活说成存在,如果这样做,你的生活将绝不可能永远不变cyXjZC-+Tli#uzAT_M

参考译文

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机缘巧合,Tufaa开始涉政lZD3ZdU|RG8lv!^。他帮助一个政党开展运动,该政党反对的对象是执政党人民革命民主阵线A7|.qh=)8]g。不久后,Tufaa感觉自己不太安全,所以决定离开GU8u)LXgo.Mu
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Tufaa在明尼阿波里斯市落脚,这里是北部明尼苏达州的一座大城市5;Rac9EhjQqn#dGmE-e&。他从那里起步的时候是从洗碗工做起的lEp-x[Ty|g。后来,他还在制造公司工作过,也当过保安hNqXLfyHk[6y~PY]Or。有时候甚至同时兼几份工o.l1*y+YZ[1z43Q
但即使做了这些工作,他还是赚不到足够的钱来养活老婆和5个孩子),ChXd]fE([[Z(]-。于是,他晚上和周末也开始上班,开车送老人和残疾人上下班@5l!^oo#=L.J
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机缘巧合,Tufaa开始涉政H%wHqng55(。他帮助一个政党开展运动,该政党反对的对象是执政党人民革命民主阵线qGQj)hG&-M4m。不久后,Tufaa感觉自己不太安全,所以决定离开]D0uHw&!tu!V&jspqSRO
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Tufaa在明尼阿波里斯市落脚,这里是北部明尼苏达州的一座大城市xovB##.I|XeWLK5h。他从那里起步的时候是从洗碗工做起的gEAnUuln9L2#C=27。后来,他还在制造公司工作过,也当过保安[PPa9wBa1%。有时候甚至同时兼几份工-i(o@7;sx;Puu-
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  • networkn. 网络,网状物,网状系统 vt. (以网络)覆
  • revolutionaryadj. 革命的 n. 革命者
  • majorityn. 多数,大多数,多数党,多数派 n. 法定年龄
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